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Now more than 35 years old, Pro Arts is an all-purpose resource for artists and art fans alike, as a gallery, performance space, and leader of the East Bay Open Studios program.

Pacific Coast Brewing is located in an elegantly restored historic building in Old Oakland that harks back to the Gold Rush era. The microbrewery hosts free blues and jazz acts about once a month, but it’s known for its large selection of beers -- 24 on tap -- as well as its tasty selection of common bar food, including burgers, pizzas, and other deep-fried snacks. On weekend nights, especially in the summer months, Pacific Coast Brewing can become a crowded, lively place, especially because of its large, heated, outdoor patio.

A multicultural retail and dining destination.

Rather than a club with members, Pacific Ring considers itself a school with students, 95 percent of whom are involved in the non-contact aspects of the sport; only 5 percent are interested in combat and competition. Nearly half the students are women; one of the gym's co-owners is a woman. A neighborhood feel underscores a dedication to authentic Muay Thai, a centuries-old martial art from Thailand. Facilities include a boxing ring, punching bags, and personal trainers.

The improv theater company hosts classes and weekly comedy shows.

This gorgeous, extravagant, two-tiered Oakland theater is an Art Deco wonder with thick paisley carpeting and a booming sound system. The Paramount features big-time local and touring acts — everything from the Oakland Ballet to George Lopez to Bob Dylan — plus occasional screenings of classic Hollywood movies. Located close to 19th Street BART station.

An art gallery located within Classic Cars West, a vintage car showroom and restoration space that also features art exhibits.

This is where you can get your cannabis card for only $25 so you can find your way to any of the hundreds of dispensaries in the Bay Area and get the stickiest of the icky.

Services include doggy daycare, bathing and grooming, and trail and street walking.

The downtown Oakland bar boasts an array of fresh and unique cocktails. Its namesake beverage, the Penelope, is made from a mix of tequila, fresh beets, apples, pear, and lime.

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